Look Up! ... Harvest the Light!

Greetings Sky Watchers,
Luna is at her "Full" potential Thursday, September 19 at 4:13am PDT (11:13 UT). For Northern Hemisphere observers this is our Harvest Moon, occurring 3 days before our autumn equinox and 2 days before the International Day of Peace. During these days many will be gathering to meditate and celebrate. Strengthen the Light Grid by participating in one or more Global Meditations at this time. Harvest the Light by serving the greatest good!

Harvest Moon
Full Moon Exact: Thursday, September 19 - 4:13am PDT (11:13 UT)

Image Credit: David Haworth

Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is the name given to the Full Moon closest to the autumn equinox therefore, the Harvest Moon can occur in September or October. This year it occurs in September.

A Full Moon near the autumn equinox lies low along an ecliptic that forms a very shallow angle to the horizon. This results in the Moon rising very quickly around the time of sunset ... also rising only 20 to 30 minutes between consecutive moonrises instead of the typical 50 minutes. Before electricity this additional light late into the evening allowed farmers more time to gather their harvest. For latitudes farther north the effect is more pronounced with less time (around 10 minutes) between moonrises each night. It is not surprising that the name "Harvest Moon" originated in the northern European latitudes.

The Harvest Full Moon rises as the Sun is setting. Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

Harvest Moon Illusion

The Harvest Moon because of its closer angle to the horizon appears to loom extra large when it rises ... a well known illusion. In fact the Moon is actually closer to the Earth when it is highest in the sky!

Try this experiment as you watch the Moon rise from the horizon to overhead. Place your thumb and index finger a pencil width apart, at arm’s length. You should always be able to fit the Moon between your fingers no matter where it is! The Moon will always look bigger next to objects than when it is seen overhead in a dark sky.

Fun With The Harvest Moon Illusion
1-Minute Star Gazer Video: 2010 Episode

The Moon Illusion

5 Harvest Moon Nights?!

Traditionally the Harvest Moon lasts more than one night. It includes the two almost Full Moons two nights before the official Full Moon and the two almost full Moons two nights after. Note: These 5 rising Moons tend to be more colorful because we see them through a thicker atmosphere than when they are overhead. The more polluted the atmosphere the more Luna blushes! An ascending, large and colorful Luna for 5 nights is definitely a treat to be harvested!

Every Year at This Time

Vega the fifth brightest star lies overhead during the first few weeks of autumn between 8:00pm and 9:00pm. Learn more about this "super bright star" in the fun and informative 5-minute Star Gazer Video: 2010 Episode.

BTW: Vega is the western star of the Summer Triangle and when Vega is above your head, our brightest star Sirius is below your feet! ;-) When Vega sets in the west between 4:30am and 3:30am during the first few weeks of autumn, Sirius is rises in the east.

Spiritual Significance of the Full Moon

At the time of a Full Moon our planet is the recipient of strong spiritual vibration and stimulation throughout the entire day from our Sun. At any Full Moon the Earth lies between the Sun and Moon. At this time the Earth, representing consciousness, is in direct alignment with our central luminary the Sun, representing Spirit. The Full Moon, representing form, acts as a reflector of the Sun's inflowing radiance for the entire night, from sunset to sunrise. A solar doorway opens wide and the unimpeded Spirit (Sun) works out in form (Full Moon) through the mediation of consciousness (Earth).

The light of the Sun reveals the fullness of what was conceived at the New Moon or "dark of the Moon." The seed, potential of that conception, comes to fruition and is birthed into the full light of our conscious minds at the Full Moon.

The New Moon of September 5, occurred on the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This new cycle has been providing an opportunity to transform and transcend the past and tap into the sacred unknown, to be receptive to that which divinely influences our present manifestation on Earth.

[This lunar cycle] invites us to look beyond [the] diversionary smoke screens and to attune to and act upon more transcendent evolutionary currents guiding our lives. - Nick Fiorenza / Lunar Theme: Grand Spectacle & Transcendent Evolutionary Currents

If a positive attitude toward growth has been developed and the restrictions of the past have been released during the waxing Moon, then the Full Moon can bring fulfillment. If a negative attitude has dominated during this period of increasing light, then the Full Moon might bring serious mental conflicts, possibly affecting the physical body.

The folks at SouledOut.org invite you to participate in the following Full Moon meditation.

Virgo Festival Full Moon Global Meditation
Full Moon Exact: Early Thursday, September 19
We at SouledOut.org are meditating the preceding night,
Wednesday, September 18 at 9:00pm PDT (04:00 UT 9/19).
We invite you to participate at this time or as you are inspired.


Rise and Set Times
Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies
Use this link to find exact times for the
planets, Sun and Moon in your area.

Mornings Before Dawn - Jupiter, Mars, Orion and Sirius
Jupiter rises around 1:00am and is well above the eastern horizon by 5:00am.
Ruddy Mars is low on the horizon at 4:00am, higher and conspicuous before twilight.
Red Betelgeuse, the shoulder star of Orion, lies to the right of brilliant Jupiter in the south.
Orion's belt stars point down to Sirius, our brightest star and spiritual Sun.
The Gemini Twins lie to the left of Jupiter. Use the Twins to find Mars below Jupiter.
The bluish star below Mars is Regulus the heart of Leo the Lion.
Late Sept. Jupiter Mars Map - two hours before sunrise, looking east.
Late Sept. Mars Map - one hour before sunrise, looking east.
Sept. Orion Sirius Map/Text - before dawn, looking south

Any Evening - 30 minutes after sunset
Look northwest to find the Big Dipper.
Use the Big Dipper to find Saturn and Spica in the southwest.
How early can you see luminous Venus?
Binoculars are helpful in first spotting Saturn and seeing Spica.
Venus is ascending and Saturn is descending.
Watch Venus rise above Saturn as the days unfold.
Twilight Mercury hugging the horizon is getting less difficult to observe.
Red twinkling Antares to the left of Venus, is the fiery heart of the cosmic Scorpion, Scorpius.
Late Sept. Antares Venus Saturn Mercury Map ... 30 minutes after sunset, looking southwest.

Friday, Sept. 20 - 30 minutes after sunset
Look west-southwest to see Venus, Saturn and Mercury.
Find an unobstructed horizon to best see Mercury.
9/20 Dusk Map

Year’s fastest sunsets happen around the equinoxes

Saturday, Sept. 21
Today is the International Day of Peace, a Peace Vigil day.
To participate in the International Day of Peace Vigil
I encourage you to enter the Global Care Room as a guest,
visit the Universal Breathing Room, and/or the Temple of Sacred Sound.

The folks at SouledOut.org are participating in the Sept. 21
International Day of Peace Invocation Vigil from 9:00pm-9:15pm PDT (04:00 to 04:15 UT 9/22)
We will sound The Great Invocation at the start and end of this quarter hour interval.
We invite you to join us at this time or as inspired.

Sunday, Sept. 22 - Equinox
The Sun rises due east and sets due west today.
As your day begins look west to see the waning Gibbous Moon.
The Moon sets in the west around 10:00am.
Ideally this phase of the Moon brings illumination to the influences of the entire lunar cycle.
BTW: You can see the daytime Moon in the west after sunrise as the week unfolds.

The Autumn Equinox
The Sun "falls" below the celestial equator.
The true equinox cannot be observed.
The Sun transits the celestial sphere signaling the seasons.
Auroras increase around the autumn equinox.
The world participates in global meditations.

Monday, Sep. 23 - Mid to Late Evening in the east
Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Before Dawn high in the south

Look for the Moon between the Pleiades and Aldebaran.
Open to the Light and enlightenment. Be illumined!

Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Dusk and Evening
Venus and Saturn are paired at Dusk.
Spica and Mercury are paired at Dusk.
Find Fomalhaut in the evening.
Maps/Text ... includes map from Brazil

Thursday, Sept. 26
The Last Quarter Moon is exact at 8:55pm PDT (03:55 UT 9/27).
This Moon can bring a crisis in consciousness.
This cycle's experiences have culminated and one must now prepare for rebirth.
The Last Quarter Moon rises around midnight.
Depending where you live you may or may not see it before midnight.
Look east after midnight ... see next entry!

Friday, Sept. 27 - East After 12:00am
Look for the Moon, Jupiter and the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux.

Saturday, Sept. 28 - After Midnight to Dawn
Look east to see the waning Crescent Moon near Jupiter.
Look south of Jupiter and the Moon to see Orion.
Orion's belt points to Sirius.
After Midnight: Gemini Twins Jupiter Moon Map
9/28 4:00am  Jupiter/Twins/Orion/Mars/Sirius Map ~ Dawn: Jupiter Moon Map

Sunday, Sept. 29 - Before Dawn + At Dusk
Before dawn the waning Crescent Moon lies between Jupiter and Mars. Dawn Map
At dusk Zubenelgenubi lies between Venus and Saturn. Dusk Map
Binoculars help one see Mars and Zubenelgenubi.

Monday, Sept. 30 - Before Dawn + At Nightfall
Those awake 1 1/2 hours before dawn can see dim Mars and the dimmer Beehive
star cluster low on the eastern horizon, in a dark sky. Binoculars are helpful. Jupiter
and the waning Crescent Moon lie above and can easily be seen later in a lighter sky.
Mars/Beehive/Moon/Jupiter Map/Text
The link above includes a nightfall map of Saturn, Zubenelgenubi and Venus.
It also includes an Argentina nightfall map that shows Saturn, Venus and Mercury.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Before Dawn
The waning Crescent Moon lies between Mars and Regulus.
See a map and learn more about the Mars/Earth distance.
The waning Crescent lunar phase is a time for conscious growth, enlightenment at a
deep level. Rebirth can occur as the lunar cycle wanes and comes to an end October 4.

The Planets
See Night Sky Info for information on each planet.


This lunar cycle has been providing an opportunity to transform and transcend the past and tap into the sacred unknown. It is helping us strengthen the light grid around planet Earth by bringing humanity together in a Harvest Full Moon meditation, followed by the International Day of Peace / Vigil and the equinox global meditations. This lunar cycle continues to tune us to transcendent evolutionary currents that guide our lives and influence our present manifestation on Earth.

Our meditations during this cycle take us deep into the valley of experience. This is the nurturing place for Divine ideas to be planted within. It's up to us to bring them to Light, and into the high realm of the Divine. - SouledOut.org/ 2013 Virgo Global Meditation

The September 19 Harvest Full Moon occurs in the earth sign of Virgo the Virgin (Aug. 22-Sept. 21). She is depicted as a harvest maiden with wheat bundles in her hand. SouledOut.org invites you to participate in our 2013 Virgo Global Meditation.

May your harvest be delicious and bountiful.
May it serve the greatest good!


Look Up! ... Look Within,
Susan Sun at The Night Sky